"Essex Bloke MacFadyen isn't remotely a match for Knightley's enchanting, intelligent and - as befits a well-bred young woman of her time - beautifully-spoken Elizabeth."
The above segment is taken from a movie review, and it refers to the actor and actress playing the leading roles.
I think "beautifully-spoken" here means she speaks beautifully. If so, why do we say " a soft-spoken man" and not "a softly-spoken man" ?
'soft-spoken' is a fixed adjective (it's one word), whereas 'beautifully spoken' is not. The hyphen is not required.
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